Perfect Pens

By Family Tree Editors Premium

If you’re tired of journaling in basic black, try jazzing it up with colored pens. Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens contain actual glitter so your lettering shines. The 12 bright colors (about $1.69 each) look best and maintain their archival quality on light-colored papers. Visit for more information.

Zebra makes its acid-free Jimnie Gel Antique pens (about $1.79 each) in hard-to-find earth-tone colors (cobalt, mahogany, forest and earth) for your heritage pages. Visit to find out more.

Super Stickers
Stickers are the quick and easy way to terrific page titles. Memories Forever letter stickers come in 12 styles from elegant calligraphy to funky designs. All have clear backgrounds&#151no white borders around your letters. The stickers are available for $2.50 for the 80-letter pack and $5 for the 320-sticker value pack at craft stores or

To apply stickers to your scrapbook page in a straight line, first align them on a sticker-backing sheet. Fold under the top of the backing so the stickers overhang the fold, then press the sticker tops onto the page. Peel away the backing, smoothing the stickers onto the page as you go.

Top Templates
Use templates to cut letters from patterned paper or photos. ABC Tracers from EK Success come in seven styles including Block, Funky and Log Cabin (shown below). Each template of 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch letters retails for about $3.50. Visit

C-Thru Ruler Co. Better Letter Templates are available in Smarty, Whimsy and Spunky styles in 1-inch ($4.25), 2-inch ($5.95) and 3-inch ($9.95) heights. See

A tip for using templates: Don’t painstakingly cut out the tiny holes in your letters; instead, cut the piece from your background paper behind a photo and glue it to the letter.

Fantastic Fonts
For special fonts to go with special photos, try a font CD such as DJ Inkers Super Fontastic, which collects 77 fonts from stately to playful. The $29.95 CD is compatible with both PCs and Macs and is available at

At you can have a Personal Pen font made from your own handwriting or someone else’s (Great-grandma’s, perhaps). Your font costs $40 to $90, depending on the style, and about $30 more if the handwriting sample is a letter or other document. You can also purchase individual fonts for as little as $2. See the Web site for details.